Ahoy, matey! This was our first cruise of any kind, but it certainly won't be our last! Elation is a stunning ship, and the crew were all outstanding. If Long John Silver had taken this cruise, he'd of given up his evil pirate ... Read More
Ahoy, matey! This was our first cruise of any kind, but it certainly won't be our last! Elation is a stunning ship, and the crew were all outstanding. If Long John Silver had taken this cruise, he'd of given up his evil pirate ways in favor of commanding a carnival on the high seas. Carnival Cruise Lines, that is...There are a great variety of fun activities on board, from laying out by the pool sipping a "drink of the day" (my personal favorite) to dancing the night away into the early hours of the morning (my wife's personal favorite) in the Jekyll & Hyde Club or the Romeo & Juliet Club. The Karaoke club is a blast, even if you can't sing. That's OK though, a few more "drinks of the day" and you won't care. Word of warning here, though, drinks are about $5 a shot, so either set yourself a limit or prepare for a $500+ bar tab at the end of a 7 nighter.
There are two fantastic formal dining rooms. Were were assigned to the Imagination. Our server, a beautiful, friendly Romanian girl, took excellent care of us and even remembered our names and what we liked to drink. And this brings us to the food. If you care about your figure, I suggest a diet the month before you go, because there is great food (including lots of desserts)everywhere you go, and as much of it as your over-extended bloated American belly can hold!
Carnival has it down to a science. Man, if you can't relax and have fun on this ship you can't have fun anywhere! It seemed like everyone we talked to had cruised Carnival before and loved it. There's a great casino as well, although I'm not much of a gambler. I got sucked into the "3 card poker" hole for $100 and learned my lesson. Took me 3 or 4 "drinks of the day" to get over that one. But you know what, that was still fun, even though I lost. Actually the casino is way more user friendly than Vegas, so if you are a rookie blackjack player, its a good place to learn. Just understand up front that you are going to lose your money, honey.
Now to the port tours. We did a lot of research before we left, and after talking to our table mates, I think we chose wisely. In Progresso, which is a ultra dirt- poor city, go to the Corona Beach Break. They'll load you on a bus, take you to a pretty beach, and fill you full of Coronitas or frozen drinks. There are strolling musicians (take a few bucks to tip them, cheapo) and a DJ set up with volleyball and other assorted party games. You can lay out or swim in the Caribbean for free, or jet ski at $30 for 1/2 hr. I chose to lay out on the white sand and drink, of course.
In Cozumel, you just can't go wrong with the Dune Buggy/ Snorkel Beach Tour. It's alcohol free and I gotta be honest here, the snorkeling location sucked. I've been snorkeling in Cozumel swimming pools that were better than the place they chose. BUT, stay with me now, afterwards you get into your dune buggy and drive to some of the most scenic areas of the Yucatan you will ever see. You then swim in the sea, complete with a mini cliff dive area, and eat an incredible catered Mexican buffet set up for you right on the beach. Then you drive back through the town of Cozumel (which is kind of like entering an event on Fear Factor) where you return to the ship or go shopping. I recommend a few hours at Senior Frogs afterward to return your brain to the alcoholic haze to which it has become accustomed. Buy Tequila and some extra mexican vanilla before you return to ship. Don't drink one by mistake. (Don't ask me how I know.)
Two words about Belize...snorkeling and diving. THE best anywhere. Go, do it, enjoy. You won't be sorry!!! Buy coffee and One Barrel rum. Yum. Never made it into town, so I can't help you there. Forget that...GO snorkeling!
You are going to love this ship and this cruise. If you don't it's your own darn fault for being a whiny, bitter malcontent. Just kidding. GO! What the heck are you waiting for!!! Read Less